Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A couple of books of interest for new lawyers.

The first one is called "Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks:  The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer" by - get this - Grover Cleveland.  Here's a summary courtesy of Amazon:

This book contains hundreds of tips from attorneys throughout the country with the critical advice new lawyers need to ensure their success. The book provides useful, practical advice that law schools never teach. It starts with important steps graduates can take even before they begin work. With an easily readable style, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks continues to teach new lawyers the ropes from their first day on the job. Humorous, real-life examples illustrate the lessons along with bulleted tips that provide comprehensive advice quickly.

And here's an interview with the author (where, among other points, he explains the story behind his name) courtesy of Above the Law.

Next up is "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law" by occasional ATL columnist Mark Herrmann.  Here's a summary courtesy, again, of Amazon:

This collection of essays written by The Curmudgeon, offers practical, honest and you need to know this advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. The book covers the basics of law practice and law firm etiquette, from doing effective research and writing to dressing for success, dealing with staff and clients and building a law practice. Concise, humorous and full of valuable (albeit curmudgeonly) insight, this is a must-read for every newly minted law school graduate or new lawyer.

A big hat tip to ATL.


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